to find your own reality

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“i don’t like work – no man does – but i like what is in the work, the chance to find yourself. your own reality – for yourself, not for others – is what no other man can ever know. they can only see the mere show and never can tell what it really means.”

-‘marlow’ in joseph conrad’s heart of darkness

it’s the times of work, of struggle, where you find out what you’re truly capable of. when you realize that you are strong beyond measure.

and it’s also your job, and your job only, to figure out who you are. it’s your life and no one will ever truly know what you’re made of.

i secretly really enjoy this aspect of life – the fact that none of the people you interact with yearly or monthly or daily or ever will ever truly know exactly what is inside of you. i kind of really enjoy having my secret self that no one can touch. people can try to make sense of others, give them labels, and try to explain their motives and intentions, but they’ll never really get it.

[on an off note…since we’ll never really, truly know anyone, why do we still persist in judging and discriminating? just food for thought…]

i love this ability to change, through work and life and all of that, and have no one really know the magic that is going on inside. changing and becoming a different version of yourself is something special and private, and i’m kind of glad that people can’t just take a little look inside you and have you all figured out. it’s truly something to have your own person that can’t be replicated anywhere at all in the world.

any thoughts? what do you think about this quote? 


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mutability of feelings and a clinging love

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“how mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!”

-mary shelley, frankenstein

is this not so true?

when we throw our whole selves into life, when we want to reach the highest mountains and explore all of the nooks and crannies of this existence, sometimes our hearts are left vulnerable. i really don’t think this is a bad thing, it’s just part of embracing every day and hour and moment we are given. truly beckoning to life, with open, loving arms, is accepting the whole package – the triumphs as well as the tears – because we’ve come to the realization that the whole package is what makes life so unbelievably beautiful.

and when we are miserable, we keep holding on, because we know with an absolute certainty that it’s worth it and that there is still light somewhere. we’ve developed this exhilarating, undying love for this adventure we’re living, because across the years it has time and time again come through for us.

we hold fast to life and all it’s made of because the wonders of it far outshine the misery. we’re drawn to the glorious experience of living and living fully – raw, unbroken, and wild.

what’s your take on this quote?